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Therapists and related staff members work one-on-one with residents to help them regain and strengthen body functions.
Restorative Aide

Restorative Aide

A restorative aide is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) who has additional, specialized training in restorative nursing care. Restorative aides assist residents with exercises designed by the nursing or rehabilitation staff to help them improve the use of limbs and body functions. A restorative aide’s duties can include assisting residents with walking, strength training and range of motion exercises, dressing and grooming. Restorative aides work as a part of a care team and are responsible for documenting residents’ daily activities and progress. Like CNAs, restorative aides play a very hands-on role in the care process and spend a significant part of their time working closely with residents.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Restorative aide is a skill and a job classification that builds on a CNA (Certified Nurse Aide). Work experience as a CNA and completion of a state-approved restorative aide program that consists of lecture, demonstration, and skills test. The class is not certified, however, it is an approved continued education unit course by the CDPH. Available through CNAP CUSP program

 

Rehabilitation Therapist

Rehabilitation Therapist

A rehabilitation therapist is a health and wellness specialist trained to assist, diagnose and treat individuals with mobility problems caused by injury, illness or accidents. Rehabilitation therapists are responsible for evaluating and diagnosing mobility impairments resulting from strains, fractures, sprains, diseases, and numerous other conditions. Based on their examinations, they recommend and administer therapeutic exercises and other forms of appropriate treatment.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Rehabilitation therapists are required to have a Master’s degree in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy or a similar field. They must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

Director of Rehabilitation Services

A Director of Rehabilitation Services directs the programs and staff of the rehabilitation services department for the senior living community. They set and implement guidelines for rehabilitation programs such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy and assigns patients to staff therapists for treatment and reviews residents’ progress. The director of rehabilitation also communicates results of resident care to other services and departments.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

A Director of Rehabilitation Services must meet all of the same education and certification requirements as a rehabilitation therapist. The role may also require an advanced degree in physical therapy and at least seven years of direct experience in the field.

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